Baseball season is almost upon us and the Texas Tech Red Raiders are set to possibly enjoy one of the greatest seasons in program history. Coming off two straight Big 12 Championships, Tech coach Tim Tadlock has the players he needs to potentially go all the way this year.
This year’s team will be missing some key players that have moved on like Hunter Hargrove, Orlando Garcia, Ryan Long and Tanner Gardner, but still retain a large core of the team. With this team remaining intact for the most part, who are the main players we will lean on this year? Who will be the infielder fielding a groundball to help win the Big 12, or the batter hitting a home run to send us to the College World Series or the pitcher pitching a shutout to win the whole thing?
All the writers at VTM voted on which players were most valuable going into the 2018 season. From that we came up with the top 10 players for Texas Tech baseball, and coming in at No. 9 we have a special senior who has plenty of experience with this Red Raider squad.
9. Jose Quezada (45), P
5’9 175 lbs
Quezada is one of a number of athletes on this team that do their job and do it well. In 24 appearances on the mound during the 2017 season, he put together a 3.55 ERA and a 6-4 record with four saves on the year. The six victories ranked him third in the squad for victories while on the mound, and Quezada was also responsible for helping Tech complete one of it’s two shutouts during the 2017 season - an admirable stat for any pitcher. While pitching, Quezada was a workhorse who had struck out fifteen batters looking and a season-high five strikeouts in three separate games: California on February 25, West Virginia on May 6, and in the NCAA Tournament against Sam Houston State on June 3.
Quezada is probably going to be expected to support some more weight as a Big 12 seasoned pitcher and share a portion of leadership on this pre-season top five team. As the upcoming 2018 season gets into swing we will learn more about Quezada’s niche in the lineup and how much he has progressed over the off-season.